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Walking the walk / Re: Heating with wood or pellets ? and air heat pump ?
« on: January 07, 2017, 09:25:03 PM »
the trouble with most wood stoves, is that they burn at a sub-optimal temperature.  what you want is something that burns at the optimal temperature and heats a passive heat sink (like water or brick) and then
releases that heat over time.

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The politics / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: November 13, 2016, 04:51:38 PM »
There are some worrying parallels with the past:

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/11179774

Then after the War to end all Wars, we went and had another one. Again, for a historian it was quite predictable. Lead people to feel they have lost control of their country and destiny, people look for scapegoats, a charismatic leader captures the popular mood, and singles out that scapegoat. He talks in rhetoric that has no detail, and drums up anger and hatred. Soon the masses start to move as one, without any logic driving their actions, and the whole becomes unstoppable.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: October 29, 2016, 05:38:15 PM »
Tesla's powerwall 2 and solar roof announcement:




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The rest / Re: Fukushima leak emergency: LIVE UPDATES
« on: October 29, 2016, 05:26:15 PM »
Fallout from Fukushima:
2 new coal power stations

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2016/1331909_7763.html

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Policy and solutions / Re: James Hansen loves nuclear power
« on: October 25, 2016, 02:33:50 AM »
I'm pretty sure the Chinese will be cutting corners in their implementation.

this is really important.
i hope this is just your opinion and not based on any evidence.

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Policy and solutions / Re: James Hansen loves nuclear power
« on: October 23, 2016, 10:46:34 PM »
so why is china building so many nuclear power plants?
could it be that economically it is not viable in western for profit situations, but in the grand scheme of things it makes sense in the short (100 year) time.

I was always amazed at why it cost so much to build the reactors in the US vs what it cost in France.

I wonder about the safety factors and quality of construction incorporated into the big Chinese plant buildout, compared to plants in other countries.

they are joint designs with Westinghouse... AP1000 ... will be interested in the quality of their implementation, however nothing can compare to the total ineptitude of the russians at chernoybl

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Policy and solutions / Re: James Hansen loves nuclear power
« on: October 23, 2016, 02:26:49 AM »
so why is china building so many nuclear power plants?
could it be that economically it is not viable in western for profit situations, but in the grand scheme of things it makes sense in the short (100 year) time.

I was always amazed at why it cost so much to build the reactors in the US vs what it cost in France.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 21, 2016, 02:54:10 AM »
A look at Tesla’s new Autopilot hardware suite: 8 cameras, 1 radar, ultrasonics & new supercomputer
https://electrek.co/2016/10/20/tesla-new-autopilot-hardware-suite-camera-nvidia-tesla-vision/

The problem I will have with this is ice and snow accumulation, or a stray leaf.  I have had the current cruise controls in my car snap off due to sensor problems....

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Northwest Passage thread
« on: October 21, 2016, 02:51:11 AM »
Awesome Jim

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Policy and solutions / Re: The Hyperloop
« on: October 21, 2016, 02:49:43 AM »
RLOOP wins dubai award

BuildEarthLive Award

A team of 12 rLoopers participated in a 48 hour design competition hosted by BuildEarthLive which pitted an assortment of renowned Architecture, Transportation, and Engineering firms, as well as University teams, in a race against time. The goal? To design an effective Hyperloop infrastructure and route connecting three terminals - Dubai International Airport, Fujairah International Airport on the Gulf of Oman, and Jebel Ali Al Maktoum International Airport. The rLoop route would shorten travel times from over 2 hours to just 10 minutes via the Hyperloop. The rLoop team was the only team that was neither corporate nor university, being the world’s first crowdsourced engineering team.

A panel of expert judges had chosen 65 teams to compete in the semi-finals from an initial pool of over 250 entrants. The panel includes specialists from architecture, construction, and the Hyperloop, representatives from local and international government entities, and representatives of government and private-sector institutions in Dubai and the UAE, the US, and the UK. The rLoop team for this competition included professionals from around the globe including Canada, the United States, Nigeria, the UK, Romania, and Hong Kong.

The rLoop Team took home the "Hyperloop Design, Drama, and Excitement Award" after presenting their concept in Dubai. The success of the crowdsourced engineering team over the internet in Dubai marks the increasing maturity of a new paradigm: rLoop is showing that research, development, and technology can be designed and created in an entirely new way, and the result is the design award victory as seen in Dubai.

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Consequences / Re: The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
« on: October 18, 2016, 05:36:08 PM »
Will Nicole bring rain or snow to greenland?

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Consequences / Re: The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
« on: October 06, 2016, 04:47:46 PM »
sooo gfs has matthew heading back and hitting Yucatan???? crazy



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Consequences / Re: The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
« on: October 05, 2016, 09:15:19 PM »
matthew is going nuts, may loop/de/loop and run over miami heading to the gulf

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This is something that needs to be integrated with the current solar energy production.... excess solar energy should be used to convert CO2 to elemental carbon for sequestration: 

ABSTRACT. With Fe powder as a catalyst, CO2 is completely converted to graphite within 90
minutes. The reaction proceeds at 650°C with an excess of H2. The reaction rate is enlarged by
forced circulation and by keeping the water vapor pressure very low. The graphite samples
obtained, consisting of 5mg of carbon, almost immediately produce stable 12C- currents of the
order of 20-30µA in the sputter source of a Van de Graaff accelerator. The currents can be
maintained for at least 10 hours and are comparable to those from commercial graphite. No
memory effects in the preparation system have been observed.

https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/radiocarbon/article/viewFile/922/927

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Consequences / Re: The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
« on: October 04, 2016, 07:03:14 PM »
there is also that companion blob currently over the dominican republic which is tagging along with matthew, curious to see if it will join the hurricane

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 04, 2016, 03:45:39 PM »
you know it would be even better to make as simple as possible 2 person electric car for the lowest price.  No air conditioning, no electric windows, no electric mirrors, just the bare necessities and safety features.  Think of a 1950s vw beatle, but with electric motors.

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Consequences / Re: The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
« on: October 03, 2016, 09:36:34 PM »
Apparently matthew is following a similar track to Hazel.  I remember Hazel, she was one of my very first memories (I was living in southern ontario) and i remember the amazing wind, lightning and rain...  I dont wish that to anyone on the eastern seaboard as it looks likely there will be big problems..

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Consequences / Re: The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
« on: September 30, 2016, 11:55:28 PM »
cat 4 wow

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Policy and solutions / Re: Becoming Vegan.
« on: September 26, 2016, 08:05:15 PM »
sooooo how do the saami and inuit become vegan?
there are large areas of the planet where humans cannot grow food that we can eat, but animals can convert to usable protein.

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Consequences / Re: The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
« on: September 16, 2016, 03:29:38 PM »
GFS has Ian heading to Svarlbard hmmm what could happen?

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Policy and solutions / Re: James Hansen loves nuclear power
« on: September 16, 2016, 03:18:29 PM »
Time for an update on nuclear construction in china:

  • Mainland China has 35 nuclear power reactors in operation, 20 under construction, and more about to start construction.

    Additional reactors are planned, including some of the world's most advanced, to give a doubling of nuclear capacity to at least 58 GWe by 2020-21, then up to 150 GWe by 2030, and much more by 2050.

    The impetus for increasing nuclear power share in China is increasingly due to air pollution from coal-fired plants.

    China’s policy is to have a closed nuclear fuel cycle.

    China has become largely self-sufficient in reactor design and construction, as well as other aspects of the fuel cycle, but is making full use of western technology while adapting and improving it.

    China’s policy is to ‘go global’ with exporting nuclear technology including heavy components in the supply chain.

http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/country-profiles/countries-a-f/china-nuclear-power.aspx


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The rest / Re: Article links: drop them here!
« on: September 14, 2016, 03:32:43 PM »
Five scientists based at the weather station on Troynoy island, in the Kara Sea north of Siberia, were encircled by 10 adult bears and some cubs

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/14/russian-scientists-trapped-arctic-polar-bears-month-wait-rescue


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Policy and solutions / Re: The Hyperloop
« on: September 13, 2016, 12:56:42 AM »
I am a crowdfunder of the rloop prototype hyperloop capsule... here is their current status:

...

Hey, so am I!  :D

can't wait to see it in action :)

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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2016 melting season
« on: September 11, 2016, 05:08:12 PM »
If you march 10 m. south, 10 m west, 10 m north
and
arrive from whence you started....

what colour is the bear?


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https://goo.gl/maps/CDbjqtcBSi92
Time vs water.  You've got plenty of water to cut those valleys.  The mountain in the link I posted use to be twice as tall as it is now. It was eroded by the amount of water visible in the pictures.  Not very much.

If you look around you can see the damage left by the flood water draining when large lakes drained at the end on the last glacial period.

A great example is the Barron River Canyon (which i have hiked and canoed back in the day) when the outflow from the Lake Agassi passed through...
100m deep and 300m? wide  cut through solid granite..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barron_River_(Ontario)

http://www.doe.carleton.ca/~ngt/algonquin/barron/barron_text.html


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Policy and solutions / Re: The Hyperloop
« on: September 08, 2016, 06:54:47 PM »
I am a crowdfunder of the rloop prototype hyperloop capsule... here is their current status:

http://us12.campaign-archive1.com/?u=131680a7fd56be89b79329f9b&id=1eb705e093&e=7610370c1c

http://rloop.org/


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Texas is a fine place to drill for help on climate denial. A recent Texas Public Policy Foundation  (TPPF)T Austin conference attracted oil/coal executives,  economists, lawyers,  think tankers and perhaps potential funders. Peabody Energy “donated” $40K to TPPF during 2014-2015, according to recent bankruptcy documents (p.776).
Politicians included Senator Ted Cruz  by video, and in person, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Senate Majority Whip John Corbyn and Rep. Lamar Smith.

http://www.desmogblog.com/2016/08/05/will-happer-drills-for-support-with-lamar-smith-ted-cruz


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Consequences / Re: The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
« on: September 01, 2016, 09:56:19 PM »

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As a Canadian i cannot understand the hatred spewed out against Hillary Clinton.  It boggles my mind, but then again I remember my selective set of Americans that I know, and then it all makes sense... they really have a very very narrow view of the world.

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Consequences / Re: The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
« on: August 31, 2016, 11:33:22 PM »
Nine is now officially Tropical Storm Hermine:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?5-daynl

does she have a wand of expelliarmus
a very interesting track for this storm....
many floods incoming

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Consequences / Re: The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
« on: August 31, 2016, 04:11:36 PM »
Wind forecast for TD 9 made at 12Z (8 am EDT) Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Both the European model (left) and GFS model (right) were predicting that TD 9 would be a tropical storm just off the Northeast U.S. coast over Labor Day weekend.

https://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3408

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Consequences / Re: Places becoming less livable
« on: August 31, 2016, 03:48:25 PM »
Quote
If you're poor enough, any kind of shelter is better than none. Even in an area that floods every few years: nobody else wants to live there, so it's going to be cheap.

From the article:
Quote
In North Troy after Irene, Ted tried to figure out another way. He looked into flood insurance for his trailer, hoping to stay and also to protect himself. He learned that his trailer needed to be bolted down on a cement slab to qualify.
Would it make sense to make the trailers able to float, rather than bolt them down? Tether them to stop them drifting perhaps, but able to rise over the floodwater. You'd need a Big Red Lever of some sort to separate from the utilities, but once you've done that you have a very handy life raft.

or you can make a house that is floatable yet tethered:

http://www.archdaily.com/259629/make-it-right-house-morphosis-architects


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Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Ice affected by the Jet Stream
« on: August 30, 2016, 04:58:43 PM »
this article discuses the impact the changing jet stream has on weather patterns:

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08062016/greenland-arctic-record-melt-jet-stream-wobbly-global-warming-climate-change

the question is apart from the jet stream bringing warm air into the arctic, is it influencing low level weather patterns as well, and has this effect increased.

in the lower lattitudes the jet stream steers the weather patterns is this true in the arctic as well?

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Arctic sea ice / Arctic Ice affected by the Jet Stream
« on: August 29, 2016, 11:39:21 PM »
I check a web site almost daily to observe the current northern jet streams:
http://squall.sfsu.edu/crws/jetstream.html
http://squall.sfsu.edu/gif/jetstream_norhem_00.gif

I have noticed that there is some correlation between extreme jet stream deviations and the weather in the arctic.

As a pure amateur, i wonder if someone has studied this?
thanks



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Consequences / Re: The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
« on: August 29, 2016, 04:26:42 PM »
north carolina may be in for some serious flooding

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Arctic sea ice / Re: What the Buoys are telling
« on: August 28, 2016, 06:58:53 PM »
Sometimes being a monoglot is very humbling.


FWIW
My understanding is that the Sumerians had a numbering system using base  6 10 and 12. Then their systems of weighs and volumes changed depending on what was being weighed or measured. I suppose we do the same when weighing gold. Things apparently have improved over time, even in Norway.
Thank you all, i honestly thought it was a native name that no gringo would never attempt.
Terry


Wait until you see the japanese numbering system for fun:
one thin,flat-object sheet of paper

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_counter_word

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an F1 tornado hit Windsor ontario as well yesterday, totally unexpected with no warnings...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/cleanup-southwest-ontario-tornado-1.3735830

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Policy and solutions / Re: Underwater suspension tunnels
« on: August 22, 2016, 09:23:31 PM »
nah, daming hudson's bay and turning it into a giant freshwater lake may be more fun eh?

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Walking the walk / Re: Pets
« on: August 22, 2016, 09:17:03 PM »

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: August 20, 2016, 10:12:37 PM »
i have a clematis wall on the northeast garage wall, and it is doing well 8 different varieties, as is the PILU clematis from estonia by the pool... they are one hearty plant... i lost one haskap bush due to the ongoing drought, but my hot peppers are doing well.  The maple trees however are under a lot of stress and they expect this to be a bad year for fall colours.

My milk weeds are doing well, but again no monarch caterpillers... it's now been over 5 years... i blame the neonicotinoids that the corn farmers use in southern ontario

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: August 20, 2016, 12:07:58 AM »
An upstart Canadian auto seller is aiming to drive the worldwide market for electric vehicle sales by launching an innovative web-based sales platform and showroom that will move transactions online and away from the traditional car lot.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/technology/canadian-startup-looking-to-sell-electric-cars-in-a-completely-different-way/article31444001/


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Policy and solutions / Re: James Hansen loves nuclear power
« on: August 11, 2016, 07:09:20 PM »
THe american approach to building nuclear reactors is totally broken, and always has been.  The lack of standardizing on a design has led to "one off" reactors with expected cost over-runs.  Maybe the newer SMR designs will fix the problem, but their timeline is still pretty far out there...

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Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: August 07, 2016, 02:36:08 AM »
now what to do with all that horrible petroeum coke left over from refining alberta dilbit???

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The rest / Re: Fukushima leak emergency: LIVE UPDATES
« on: August 06, 2016, 12:07:27 AM »
muon measurement at reactor 2 in fukushima shows most of the core has fallen to the bottom of the pressure vessel, as seen in reactor 1 as well ...

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2016/1313304_7763.html

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